Start Date: Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Start Time: 7:00 PM

Finish Time: 9:00 PM

Location: Grenfell Community Hub, 88 Main Street, Grenfell

Contact: Mikla Lewis on 0499 199 016 or email weddin@lachlandcare.org.au

Weddin Landcare will be hosting two community events in Grenfell during April and May, in collaboration with Weddin Community Native Nursery (WNCC). Both events will focus on planting natives in your garden to encourage native fauna. The events are being supported by Central West Local Land Services.

The first event will be held on Tuesday April 23 from 7pm to 9pm in the Conference Room at the Community Hub. The event is free and a light supper will be served during the evening.

Well-known Grenfell Record and bird photographer Jenn Graham will present In My Garden, with a series of delightful photos and short videos of local native fauna and flora. The presentation focusses on the birds and pollinating insects Jenn has photographed in her garden, mainly on native shrubs such as Grevillea, bottlebrush and Correa.

For many years Jenn kept us informed about our local birds through her column A Bird’s-eye View in the Grenfell Record. Nowadays Jenn’s bird videos are regularly posted on the Grenfell Record’s Facebook page under the same title.

Recently retired, Jenn now has more time to travel around the Weddin Shire photographing our local birdlife. Of the 240 bird species found in the shire, Jenn has photographed 160, her latest being a tiny Buff-rumped Thornbill spotted at Company Dam just last week.

Following on from Jenn’s presentation, a representative of the Weddin Community Native Nursery will discuss some of the plants featured in Jenn’s presentation. Many of these are on sale at the Nursery and a selection will be available for purchase on the night, ready for autumn planting.

Central West Local Land Services are supporting the event through their Small Purple Pea Project, which is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Grenfell-based Central West Local Land Services Officer, Stephen Pereira, will give a short presentation on the project, which aims to find and protect populations of this endangered plant.

Once found throughout central west NSW, the Small Purple Pea (Swainsona recta) is now only found in isolated populations in grasslands and woodlands at Mandurama, Wellington and Mudgee. Loss and degradation of habitat along with increased grazing pressure, land clearing and competition from invasive weeds have contributed to its decline.

Central West Local Land Services have donated a number of books as lucky door prizes to be won on the night. Along with the sale of native plants from the nursery, there will be lots of interesting and informative brochures and fact sheets on a number of related subjects to take home.

Bookings for this event are not necessary.

The second free event, which is also supported by Central West Local Land Services are through their Small Purple Pea Project, will be held on Friday 3rd May from 9am to 3pm at the Grenfell Country Club, with morning tea and lunch provided. Sally from Sally Bourne Landscapes will give presentations on 'Native Plants for Sustainable Country Gardens' and the basics of design and planting gardens. The presentations will focus on plants that are available from the Weddin Community Native Nursery.